Winnie the Pooh Tattoos Meaning, Design & Ideas

Winnie the Pooh is a sweet and loveable character staring in books, TV shows and movies alike. He is loved so much that people often choose to memorialize him by getting a Winnie the Pooh Tattoo.

Winnie the Pooh was a story about friendship and love. Its feel-good vibe is loved by children and adults and therefore, seem to be a popular choice for a tattoo.

The Winnie the Pooh tattoo could be a choice for the tattoo enthusiast for many reasons. It might be a quote that was said or character on the show. It might also be what he represented to children or the nostalgia an adult can feel when looking at this tattoo. Whatever you reason for getting a Winnie the Pooh tattoo is a valid one and might mean something different to you than it does to another person.

In this article, we will talk about Winnie the Pooh and the symbolism behind the Winnie the Pooh tattoo. By the end of this, we hope you feel like you got your serving of honey because he is such a sweet bear.

About Winnie the Pooh

I’m sure you have seen pictures of this pantless yellow bear. Winnie the Pooh’s (or Pooh as his friends call him) life revolves around friend ship and getting that next pot of honey. In that way, many of us can relate.

Winnie the Pooh was developed by A.A. Milne in a children’s book back in 1926. The book was called Winnie-the-Pooh, and he was also one of the main subjects in the 1928 book, The House at Pooh Corner. These stories have stood the test of time as kids and adults both grew up reading about the adventures of Pooh. Milne also wrote poems that involved Pooh, so this may be another way you might have heard of him.

Before the TV shows, children had to use their imaginations and see illustrations of Pooh to have an idea of what he would be like. However, Disney ended up buying the rights to the story and turned these once still illustrations into moving and talking characters that we all fell in love with.

Winnie the Pooh Tattoos

When getting a Winnie, the Pooh tattoo, there are many different angles one can take. Many times, we’ve seen Pooh tattooed in his original illustrations as to give credit to Milne. On the other hand, we have also seen Pooh tattooed in a realistic fashion or with a twist of evil to him.

So, like we were saying, with all the options available, people usually either get the Disney version of Pooh or the Classic Pooh. Classic Pooh was drawn by E.H. Shephard. Shephard gave Pooh the look of a classic teddy bear without any clothing.

Disney’s version is a bit bolder and round. In addition, the Disney version of Pooh gave him a shirt and a much happier disposition.

Other Characters

In addition to Pooh, there are a handful of other characters from this story that people will have tattooed onto their body as well.

Christopher Robin

Other than Piglet, Christopher Robin is one of Pooh’s best friends and the owner of Pooh in the series. Christopher is a young man with a vivid imagination. He is responsible for some of the more memorable quotes of the series including when he told Pooh, “You’re braver that you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”. He spent much of his time with Pooh and the others in the Hundred Acre Woods.


Eeyore is Pooh’s grey donkey friend that always has a “woe is me” attitude. You’ll notice his ever hunching back and tired eyes. In the story Eeyore has a hard time keeping his tail attached and which gives his friend, Christopher Robin, the job of reattaching the tail to Eeyore when it falls off. Christopher Robin uses a drawing pin and he is able to do this as it is said that Eeyore is made of sawdust.


The other of Pooh’s best friends, Piglet is a kind little pig that loves helping his friends between having moments of unassertiveness and fear of everything. Occasionally, however, Piglet gets some nerve. His most notable attributes include him being thoughtful, polite, loyal, protective, good-natured and loving. Piglet was such a beloved character that he got his own spinoff called Piglet’s Big Movie. This makes him a popular choice for a tattoo.


Tigger is the rambunctious and energetic tiger that is known for bouncing around on his tail. Tigger is a symbol of energy and exuberance. This also makes him a popular choice for a tattoo.

Winnie the Pooh Tattoo Meaning

Of Course, the person wearing the tattoo gets to determine what the meaning is. In the process of research, we have talked to a few people with the Winnie the Pooh tattoo to ask them what it means to them. Most will tell you in reminds them of better times. A nostalgic sense that takes them back to the times when things were less stressful. However, others will tell you it’s Pooh’s good nature that led them to getting him inked on their skin.

In other cases, they may just be a fan of the series and the characters. All the characters in Pooh’s stories have their own personalities that might resonate with someone reading the book or watching the shows. There is character for every kind of fan which makes the Winnie the Pooh tattoo a popular choice for Disney fans.

Whatever your reason may be for getting a Winnie the Pooh tattoo, make sure you do your research and decide if it is the right tattoo for you. Once you get the tattoo, it will be there for a long time so make sure this tattoo is what you want.

If you’ve read this post and decided you would like to find a tattoo artist for your vision, let us know. We are able to connect artists with customers, so they can make your vision come true.

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